This year's Geneva Motor Show was eagerly awaited. Koenigsegg, the Swedish rumored chefs said, would introduce the car that they wanted to build in the former Saab plant. The entry-level model of the brand known for high-priced super sports cars. The data scattered in advance was surprisingly precise. Three electric motors and a combustion engine, 1700 HP system performance. That is true. Nevertheless, the premiere, which was published on the Internet after the event in Geneva was canceled, was a real surprise.
Anyone who expected a vehicle in the previous Koenigsegg style had to look twice. With the new Gemera, the brand enters the GT class. Space for 4 people and a lot of luggage. Trunks in the rear and at the front - plus a very attractively drawn body. Not very polarizing for Koenigsegg conditions and almost socially compatible. Another surprise is the drive.
FreeValve engine in Gemera
For the first time, Koenigsegg is using a FreeValve engine in one of his sports cars. A three-cylinder engine with a displacement of 2 liters and a twin-turbocharger works in the rear. It produces 600 hp and 600 Nm. FreeValve engines do not have a camshaft, the valves can be controlled individually. Compared to conventional motors, they are more compact and weigh less. The consumption advantage is said to be 15-20%. The drive developed by the Koenigsegg subsidiary FreeValve is designed for the use of synthetic fuels. During the presentation Christian von Koenigsegg speaks of a sonorous sound of the engine with its large-volume cylinders. The Akrapovic exhaust system will also ensure this.
Three electric motors complete the package. One at the front - two at the rear. The provisional system performance is given as 1.734 HP and 3.500 Newton meters. Purely electrically, the Gemera can drive 16.6 kilometers with its 50 KW battery. In hybrid mode, it should have a range of 950 kilometers. Koenigsegg therefore speaks during the presentation of a range of more than 1.000 kilometers, with a fuel reserve of 75 liters and a charged battery.
Koenigsegg Gemera 2022 from Trollhättan
The positioning is clear. A battery-electric vehicle would have been too difficult for the manufacturer from Ängelholm. The hybrid solution with an innovative combustion engine is seen as the better package. The preliminary data underline this. 1.880 kilograms of weight in an almost 5 meter long Gran Turismo speak for intelligent vehicle construction. It should not be forgotten that both four-wheel drive and all-wheel steering are on board the Gemera. The Gemera accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 1.9 seconds. The top speed of around 400 kilometers per hour will satisfy all Koenigsegg fans who are used to performance.
After the Geneva Motor Show was canceled due to the rapidly spreading corona viruses in Europe, Koenigsegg, like other manufacturers, moved the presentation to the Internet. Presentation on the web is probably the future, and major auto shows are a thing of the past. The disadvantage, however, is that you cannot follow up in person and questions remain open. There was no mention of when the Gemera would go into series production. 300 pieces are to be built, a very high volume for Koenigsegg. All of the above data are preliminary, and there are many indications of an early stage of development. Our information speaks of the start in 2022, the production site in Trollhättan is considered likely because the capacities in Ängelholm are insufficient.
In the end, there is still the question of the price. Here, too, Koenigsegg is still silent and stimulates some imaginations from the entry-level model. Money is one thing, and entry-level prices are relative. In Sweden there are reports of 1,3 million in euros to be transferred. Plus VAT, of course.